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Message Notes and Small Group Questions

Praying with Paul

Wk 2, “Praying for Others”

1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

Personally Invested

1 Thessalonians 2:6-8
We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

1 Thessalonians 2:17-18
But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way.

Mutually Connected

1 Thessalonians 3:8-10
For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

Because we all want God’s best for others we are bound together.

 

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

Ultimately Committed

  1. For them to love each other
  1. Increased Love for EVERYONE

Luke 6:27-28

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

  1. Strengthened Hearts for Growth

1 Thessalonians 3:13
May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

Bottom Line

Our Passion for God’s Best Binds us Together

Notes:

Small Group Questions:

  1. Read 1 Thessalonians 3: 6-8, do you have friends who carry good news about you? Are you one of the friends who carries good news? Why does it seem at times we want to carry news that is not so good?
  2. Read Philippians 4: 6-7, what is the peace of God? Why is it necessary that our hearts and minds stay guarded?  What is it they need guarding from?
  3. Read 1 Thessalonians 2: 6-8 what does Paul mean when he says “we were like young children among you”? Why is it good at times to be child like?  Why are personal relationships so important to us?
  4. Read 1 Thessalonians 2: 17-20, why is praying for others so important? How do we pray for others who we’ve had a falling out with?  Paul states that Satan kept him from returning to the church in Thessalonica. Why would Satan block believers from gathering together?  Some may state that they don’t need a church to follow Jesus, can they make it on their own?  Is there any scriptural evidence that supports their opinion?
  5. How satisfied are you knowing you are going to heaven? We’ve discussed there is no more pain, no more struggling and no more suffering in Heaven. Does that make your current struggles a little more bearable?  Does it help you want to reach out to those you’ve been praying for who do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus?
  6. Read 1 Thessalonians 3: 8-10, how can we supply what is lacking in other people’s faith? What are some ways others can help us in the areas we are lacking?
  7. Read 1 Thessalonians 3: 11-13, what does it mean to pray earnestly? Paul’s prayer shows us to love each other and that our love for everyone should increase.  How can you learn to love those who don’t agree with you or perhaps despise you?
  8. Our God is the God of miracles. Continue to pray for those who do not yet know Jesus and pray that others who do know Him will continue to be strengthened.